Alumni Spotlight: Sade Ayinde

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Years Played/Position: 2008-2011, Defense and Forward

Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Post Maryland: I started coaching club soccer after graduation then played overseas in Sweden (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC | IF Brommapojkarna) for a season (2014). Since returning I became an assistant coach at Stony Brook University, coach club at East Meadow SC, Eastern NY- South ODP, evaluator at Region I camp, scout for US Soccer, 2016-17 member of Unites Soccer Coaches (formally NSCAA) 30 Under 30 Program. I hold my United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma, hold my USSF C license and currently working on my USSF B. I am also working on a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management. 

Why I came to Maryland: I wanted to compete at a high level and at the time that was the ACC, but I was also intrigued by the idea of helping turn around the program. I felt that the campus and athletic community were where I could be challenged as a student-athlete and welcomed as a person. 

Advice for current players: Enjoy every moment! You have an opportunity to continue playing the game you love at a great school, so work hard for and trust in yourself, your team, and your school.